Willingness

“My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, ‘Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?’ That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning.”
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12

Thought to Consider . . .

The peaks and valleys of my life have become gentle rolling hills.
AACRONYMS

W H O = Willingness, Honesty, Open mindedness Continue reading “Willingness”

Faith

“While drinking, we were certain that our intelligence, backed by will power, could rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world around us. This brave philosophy, wherein each man played God, sounded good in the speaking, but it still had to meet the acid test: How well did it actually work? one good look in the mirror was answer enough.”
c. 1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 225

Thought to Consider . . .

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen

AACRONYMS

F A I T H = Finding Answers In The Heart Continue reading “Faith”

Promises

“We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.”
c. 1976AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous, pp 83-84

Thought to Consider . . .

The Promises are a result; not a right.

AACRONYMS

P R O G R A M = People Relying On God Relay A Message. Continue reading “Promises”

Balance

“Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder — well, we have really disliked or hated them. Although these attitudes are common enough, we AA’s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance. We can’t stand it if we hate deeply. The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.”
c. 1952AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 92-3

Thought to Consider . . .

Bigotry disfigures the heart.

AACRONYMS

F A I T H = Facing All In Trusting Him Continue reading “Balance”

Fellowship

“Today, I’m counting my blessings instead of my troubles. When I walked into the friendly atmosphere of my first AA meeting, I knew I was where I belonged. Here were people who had thought and felt as I had. Here was the understanding I’d been searching for all my life. These people were my friends, and I felt their sincere interest in me. With these new and enlightening doors opening up to me, I was able to make the eventual decision to stop drinking, a day at a time — because I, too, was an alcoholic. And with this came the only real freedom, the freedom of truth.”
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 355

Thought to Consider . . .

If you love someone, tell them now. Eternity is time enough for silence.

AACRONYMS

C A R E = Comforting And Reassuring Each other Continue reading “Fellowship”

Miracles

“How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that!”
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 153

Thought to Consider . . .

Don’t give up before the miracle happens.

AACRONYMS

H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering, Together Continue reading “Miracles”